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1910 - 1914, 1919, THE HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA

1910: Grand won by Magdalen College, Oxford in 7:19
1910: Diamonds won by W.D. Kinnear (Kensington R.C.) in 8:51

1910: Henley Royal Regatta in Thames Villages by Charles Harper.

Henley Royal Regatta, 1900s?
Henley Royal Regatta, in 1900s?

[ The date is just a guess. Notice that the leading eight is having to turn markedly to avoid hitting spectators after the finish line.
And what happened next? I imagine the competitors had to do an emergency stop as they finished. And then as soon as the race passed, every small boat rushed onto the course! ]

Henley Royal Regatta, 1900s?
Henley Royal Regatta, in 1900s?

1911: Grand won by Magdalen College, Oxford in 7:02
1911: Diamonds won by W.D. Kinnear (Kensington R.C.) in 8:14
1911: Punch -

Henley Royal Regatta, 1911, Punch
Chorus (to unfortunate swimmer) "GO AWAY! GO AWAY!"

1912: Grand won by Sydney R.C., N.S.W. in 7:06
1912: Diamonds won by E.W. Powell (Vikings Club in 8:49

1912: King George V and Queen Mary visited the Henley Royal Regatta.

King George V & Queen Mary Henley Regatta 1912
King George V and his wife Queen Mary were rowed to the Royal stand
by eight watermen in Queen Mary's shallop,
which was built in 1689 by order of King William III for his wife, Queen Mary.
(From the Thomas E Weil Collection of the National Rowing Foundation)

1913: A trial "Stewards'Enclosure" was used for the first time.
1913: Grand won by Leander Club in 7:11
1913: Diamonds won by C. McVilly (Derwent R.C., Tasmania) in 8:49
Christ's College Cambridge Boat Club records -

Since the boat only made two bumps in the Mays and is still in a low position, the decision to send it to Henley was made only after much deliberation. In the opinion of the coach and others qualified to judge the boat had deserved more success in the Mays, and, in addition, had not yet reached its best form. This opinion was amply justified by subsequent events. The crew was coached by K. Atkin and G. H. Straker, both of Jesus College.

Christ's entered for the Thames Cup for which no fewer than nineteen crews competed. There were three preliminary heats rowed in the morning of the first day, the winners of these races having to row again in the afternoon. Christ's was one of these crews.

Thames Cup, 1st Heat, July 2nd.
Christ's College, Cambridge (Berks.), 1 ; First Trinity, Cambridge, 2nd crew (Bucks.), 0.
Conditions were favourable. Christ's led by half a length at Fawley (3.30) and won a good race by three-quarters of a length. Time, 7 min. 14 secs.

Thames Cup, 9th Heat, July 2nd.
Christ's College, Cambridge (Bucks.), 1 ; Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (Berks.), 0.
Conditions were still favourable. Christ's were more than half a length ahead at Fawley (3.28) and won by 1 length. Time, 7 min. 11 secs.

These were the two best times put up by Thames Cup crews during the Regatta, the record being 7 min. 8 secs. by Wadham College, Oxford, in 1908, when they reached Fawley in 3.26.

Thames Cup, 12th Heat, July 3rd.
Christ's College, Cambridge (Berks.), 1 ; Twickenham R.C. (Bucks.), 0.
Christ's won easily by 2 lengths. Time, 7 min. 21 secs.

Thames Cup, 16th Heat, July 4th.
Christ's College, Cambridge (Bucks.), 1 ; Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (Berks.), 0.
Christ's were a quarter of a length ahead at Fawley (3.30) and won a hard race by half a length. Time, 7 min. 16 secs.

Final, July 5th.
Oriel College, Oxford (Bucks.), 1 ; Christ's College, Cambridge (Berks.), 0.
There was a slight head wind blowing. We gained in the first 4 strokes, but were half a length down at the top of the Island. From here to Fawley (3.36) the position was not changed. After this we gradually drew up and were level at the mile post, and just after were a trifle ahead. After this the superior weight of Oriel began to tell, and in a closely-contested finish they won by half a length." (7 min. 30 secs.).

It was very satisfactory that though led from the start the crew showed no signs of being hustled, and kept their best form all the way. The Oriel boat contained two Trial Caps and was the heavier crew by about 7 stone. This was by no means the least creditable performance of our crew. Such success as the boat gained was not due to any individual oarsmen of outstanding merit but to the thorough work of the crew as a whole. At the same time mention must be made of Lowe's stroking. Though practically new to the position he showed good judgment in his racing, and life and steadiness in his stroking. Great credit is due to both coaches, to Mr. Atkin we are doubly indebted. Out of material not very promising he produced, not indeed a first class crew, but a better one than we have had for many years.

We must not forget the thanks due to Smith, whose experience and care of us at Henley were very valuable and much appreciated. We are glad to say that for his part the visit was not fruitless. We offer our hearty congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

1914: Grand won by Harvard Athletic Association B.C., U.S. in 7:20
1914: Diamonds won by G. Sinigaglia (Lario Club, Como, Italy) in 9:00

1914: This may throw some light on the venerable tradition of badges giving access to enclosures. Whether this was an extension from 1913 when the Stewards enclosure was first tried I do not know -

The Committee wish to thank the Visitors to the Regatta last year for the support they gave to the funds by purchasing flags and badges. The numbers sold proved that this opportunity of contributing towards the expenses was appreciated.
Similar Flags and Badges bearing the words "Henley 1914" will be on sale by the authorised agents of the Committee in boats and on the banks.
Each flag will be rolled and sealed, each badge will be in a sealed envelope. Purchasers are particularly requested to assist the Committee to PREVENT FRAUD by refusing to accept either Flag or Badge with a broken seal.
The price of the Flags is 2s. 6d. each, and Badges 1s. each.
Visitors are invited to purchase these Flags and Badges and so support the Regatta.
There will be different coloured Flag and Badge for each day.
The colour of the Flags and Badges for to-day is YELLOW

1914: Henley Course between races -

Henley Royal Regatta 1914?
Henley Royal Regatta in 1914 - Punts fill the river between races
It was never again to look like this ...

1914: Harvard raced Leander in the Final of the Grand Challenge Cup. Harvard won, but within five years most of the Leander crew were dead, in that most bloody stupid European war, which, trivial amongst its other effects, brought to an end so much river tradition. [ See 1964 ]
1915-18: No regatta during first World War.

1919: Peace Regatta with special trophies.
A meeting arranged by Leander Club in January 1919 concluded that it was too soon to revive the regatta but asked the Stewards to arrange a Peace Regatta and a four day regatta was duly staged. Competition was not for the usual Henley trophies but for different cups and some events were restricted to armed services crews.

In 2019 a centenary King's Cup was held:

The 1919 Royal Henley Peace Regatta was a key milestone in the sport of rowing and was staged to help heal wounds and hasten the return to normality of the Allied nations and their troops recovering from the First World War. The highlight was The King’s Cup, presented by King George V for Allied military crews. Six nations competed with an Australian Army crew ultimately victorious.

In commemoration of the centenary of the 1919 Royal Henley Peace Regatta, military VIIIs will once again compete against each other at Henley Royal Regatta after a one hundred year hiatus.
The 2019 King’s Cup at Henley Royal Regatta will be a race between eight military forces which honours the past, cements and contributes to the Alliances of today and builds towards the future; The King’s Cup will see crews from the original six nations that raced in 1919, Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the UK and the USA, joined by Germany and the Netherlands.
They will compete in a knock-out format over the final three days of the 2019 Henley Royal Regatta and for the first time at an elite rowing event, men and women will row in the same boat.

Henley Regatta Peace Regatta Programme 1919
Henley Regatta Peace Regatta Programme 1919

The 1913 experiment of a Stewards enclosure was continued and became a fixed part of the regatta.